Law firm Mourant Ozannes has recruited Simon Palmer as partner and associcate Adam Bathgate to its Cayman investment funds team.
Mr. Palmer, a leading practitioner in the field of Cayman investment funds, has more than 14 years’ experience with Cayman Islands law. He joins Mourant Ozannes as a partner from Maples and Calder, where he was a partner for 7 years.
Mr. Palmer’s practice focuses principally on hedge funds, private equity funds and cross-border investment and financing. In addition he has broad experience in corporate and commercial law, capital markets and structured financing.
Having acted for some of the biggest investment managers and financial institutions in the world, he has also worked extensively with most of the leading US and UK law firms, as well as many international law firms around the world, including in Japan, Switzerland and Latin America.
PLC Which Lawyer recommended Mr. Palmer for Cayman Islands private equity and venture capital work, and Expert Guides recognised him as a leading investment funds lawyer in the Cayman Islands. He is a member of the Cayman government-appointed data protection working group, charged with developing data protection legislation in the Cayman Islands and was a member of the governing board of the Cayman Islands National Museum.
“I have long admired Mourant Ozannes,” Mr. Palmer said. “They are a forward thinking and innovative firm with a great reputation and first-rate lawyers. I am delighted to be joining them at a time when the outlook for well regulated international financial centres, such as Cayman, Guernsey and Jersey, is the brightest it has been for a number of years …”
Mourant Ozannes’ Managing Partner Jon Rigby said: “Simon is one of the leading investment funds lawyers in the Cayman Islands and we are delighted to announce his appointment as a partner of Mourant Ozannes. We have ambitious plans to develop our Cayman practice in response to client demand so he is joining us at a very exciting time,” he said.
Mr. Palmer is a graduate of St Catherine’s College, Oxford, and completed his Common Professional Exam and Law Society Finals at the College of Law in London. He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1992 and as an attorney-at-law in the Cayman Islands in 1996.
Mr. Bathgate joins Mourant Ozannes from Clifford Chance’s Munich office, having qualified with the firm in 2006. A solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, he graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, with a first class degree in Law and German Law in 2002, and completed the LPC at Nottingham Law School in 2003. He was admitted as an Attorney of the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands in 2010.
“This is a very exciting time to be joining Mourant Ozannes, Mr. Bathgate said. “The firm has committed to grow its presence in the Cayman Islands and I am looking forward to the challenge of assisting with the development of the funds practice here.”
Neal Lomax, managing partner of Mourant Ozannes’ Cayman Islands office, said: “We are very pleased that Adam has joined our expanding Cayman Islands team. We expect that he will make a valuable contribution to the further development of our corporate and investment funds practice areas.”